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To fill MBA vacant seats, universities must conduct test: Karnataka

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Entrance test to fill MBA vacant seats
Karnataka state government has allowed universities to conduct the tests to fill MBA vacant seats.

Around 10,000 MBA seats were left vacant across the state. This led state govt to decentralise the admission process to fill vacant seats.

Now, state govt has allowed all individual universities to conduct their own entrance exam to fill the seats.

The all India Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) is conducted for MBA admission, which was made mandatory from this year, is being blamed for the confusion.

One of the management professor from Bangalore pointed out that, "In the three tests of CMAT, only 12,000 from Karnataka registered, of which only 3,816 were found eligible."

Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA), Bangalore has conducted the PGCET exam for postgraduate courses. After the final round of counselling, around 10,119 MBA government seats were left vacant out of 13,594.

KEA Executive Director Rame Gowda expressed helplessness. "Even after so many rounds of counselling, the seats have remained vacant," he said.

For this reason, Bangalore University had conducted the MAT entrance test to fill the seats. Only 129 candidates appeared for the exam on 22 Sept, though 3,000 seats were available in 68 colleges.

Even, Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum has announced its own entrance exam on 30 Sept.

Representatives of around 13 universities that have affiliated colleges running the MBA programme met in August and sought permission from the government to allow them to fill these seats on their own.

Then, state government gave a permission to universities to conduct their own entrance exam.

According to the sources, "Students have ended up opting for the more expensive private quota seats rather than the much cheaper government quota seats within the same university or college. The government and managements share the MBA seats in private colleges in a 50:50 ratio. The fee for MBA seats through the government quota is Rs. 24,390, while those allotted management seats will have to cough up Rs. 54,390."

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